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Situational awareness - June 12, 2020

Good Friday morning from Salt Lake City


18 days to the 2020 Utah primary elections (6/30/2020)

144 Days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)

222 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)

227 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)

Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:

  • Republicans move part of their convention to Jacksonville
  • The nation's top general apologizes for participating in President Trump's church photo-op.
  • Gov. Gary Herbert says the state will hit the brakes on reopening as cases of coronavirus surge.


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Today At Utah Policy

images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200611_Herbert_Presser.jpgHerbert says he'll call a special session next week for budget cuts, but he wants to preserve education funding
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he would call a special session of the legislature next week to address the effect the economic downturn will have on Utah's budget. However, he said he believes lawmakers will be able to avoid cutting the public education budget.
images/1000px_Mugs/Bernick_Mug_01.jpgBob Bernick's notebook: Utah's non-boring politics
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Sometimes, when you are in the midst of some really crazy stuff, you don't realize that you are, indeed, in the midst of some really crazy stuff.Like the 2020 primary election season in Utah.
images/1000px_Mugs/Dave_Robinson_01.jpgGuest opinion: Spencer Cox: Protecting Utah's 'Most Vulnerable'?
By Dave Robinson
In last week's interview with Equality Utah's Troy Williams, I was struck by a comment Lt. Governor Spencer Cox made.  In particular, Cox stated the reason he is a Republican and belongs to the Party of Lincoln, is because he cares about "protecting those who are the most vulnerable".
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200610_CD4_Debate.jpgAnalysis: 4th District GOP debate was a disservice to voters
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
If it's a race for Congress in Utah's 4th Congressional District, you can be sure that the Republicans in the contest will spend as much time attacking Nancy Pelosi as they do discussing their Democratic opponent. And, true to form, the four vying to take on Ben McAdams in November mentioned the current Speaker of the House more than the freshman Democrat during their final debate on Wednesday evening. 
Former GOP Chairman James Evans calls on Utah's minority communities to vote in the GOP primary
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
A former Utah state Republican Party chairman is asking all racial and ethnic minorities in the state to register as Republicans and vote in the closed party primary June 30.
images/1000px_Capitol_Photos/Utah_Capitol_05.jpgGOP candidates for governor raising, and spending, big bucks ahead of primary election
By Bob Bernick, Contributing Editor
Just about everyone watching Utah's GOP governor's race says the June 30 closed party primary is the REAL election -- the Republican nominee will coast to victory in November.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/National_Debt_02.jpgMcAdams joins bipartisan group warning about exploding national debt
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Rep. Ben McAdams joined a bipartisan group of representatives in sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy warning about the ballooning national debt. 
images/1000px_Screenshots/20200609_Romney_CNN.jpgVideo: Romney 'won't dignify' Trump's conspiracy theory tweet about Buffalo protester
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he would not respond to President Trump tweeting out a conspiracy theory about a Buffalo man injured by police.
images/1000px_Article_Photos/20200609_CD1_debate.jpgTrump, race relations take center stage during 1st Congressional District debate
By Bryan Schott, Managing Editor
The four Republicans competing for the nomination to replace Rob Bishop in Utah's 1st Congressional District struggled to answer questions about race relations and criticism of President Trump from fellow Republicans during their second debate on Tuesday evening. 

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2020 election

President Donald Trump will accept the GOP nomination in Jacksonville, Florida as the Republican National Convention is moving most of their national convention out of Charlotte, North Carolina [CNN].

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is pressuring Facebook to change their rules governing misinformation on the platform [NYT].

President Trump is holding a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma next week, but attendees must agree not to sue his campaign if they contract the coronavirus [Bloomberg].


Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued an apology for participating in a photo-op with President Trump following the use of force to disperse protesters outside the White House [CNN].

None of the people charged with federal crimes following violent protests have been linked to Antifa [NYT].

President Trump lashed out at Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and the mayor of Seattle after protesters seized control of a six-block area in downtown Seattle [Politico].

A new poll shows most Americans support sweeping Democratic-backed proposals to reform police departments [Reuters].

Federal authorities are combing social media to track down alleged rioters and looters [Politico].

A NYPD officer apologized for taking a knee with Black Lives Matters protesters [New York Post].

The elderly protester who was shoved to the ground by police in Buffalo has suffered a brain injury [NBC New York].

Amazon is considering pulling "The Dukes of Hazzard" from its streaming video service [Bloomberg].


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the U.S. won't shut the economy down again if the coronavirus outbreak surges again [Bloomberg].

The Trump administration won't disclose who got $511 billion in taxpayer-funded coronavirus loans [WaPo].

Another 1.5 million Americans filed for unemployment last week. 44.2 million Americans have filed for benefits since March [Reuters].


A new model suggests another wave of coronavirus will hit the U.S. hard in September, with the number of deaths reaching 170,000 by October 1 [Seattle Times].

Medical researchers say a widely available polio vaccine could help protect against coronavirus [WaPo].

White House officials are starting to push the idea that travel from Mexico is to blame for the surge in coronavirus cases across the U.S. [AP].

Oh, dear...

The Republican National Committee kept outdated language from four years ago in the party platform, including several passages that rip "the current administration" occupying the White House [NYT].


OANN, the rabidly pro-Trump media outlet, promised a poll showing good news for President Trump's re-election bid. The poll, focused solely on Florida, did not deliver the promised good news and was pulled from the network [WaPo].


Border Patrol officials used money meant for migrant families to pay for dirt bikes, dog supplies, computer equipment, and other enforcement-related expenses [WaPo].

Russia redux

Senate Republicans voted to give Sen. Lindsey Graham broad subpoena powers to investigate former Obama administration officials [Politico].

Little Rocket Man

North Korea is vowing to step up their nuclear program saying diplomacy efforts by the U.S. failed [NYT].


MLS will restart its season with a World Cup-style tournament at Walt Disney World in Orlando [MLS].

The NBA might require reporters who want to cover the league to remain in lockdown for months [Daily Beast].


Policy News

Salt Lake County creates $40 million Small Business Impact Grant program for those hit hardest
Mayor Jenny Wilson announced that Salt Lake County will be launching a new Small Business Impact Grant (SBIG) program, with the application opening June 16. 
images/Logos/WFRC_Logo.pngWasatch Front Regional Council statement on racial justice, equity, and access to opportunities
WFRC mourns the unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other people of color throughout our nation's history. We acknowledge society's deeply rooted racism and inequities.
Health safety standards reshape the 29th season of the Downtown Farmers Market opening June 13 in Pioneer Park
Recognized as an essential grocery service for the Intermountain region and an economic lifeline for local farmers and producers, the Downtown Farmers Market will purvey products each Saturday, from June 13th through October 24th.
News release: Senator Orrin Hatch endorses Jon Huntsman for Governor
Governor Jon Huntsman has been endorsed by Utah legend, Senator Orrin G. Hatch. Senator Hatch announced his support for Governor Huntsman's gubernatorial bid citing Huntsman's bold vision to double Utah's economy as an example of the kind of leadership Utah is in need of at this critical time. 

More National Headlines


1665 - Thomas Willett is appointed the first mayor of New York City.

1942 - Anne Frank receives a diary for her thirteenth birthday.

1963 - NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers is murdered in front of his home in Jackson,  Mississippi by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith.

1967 - The Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declares all state laws prohibiting interracial marriage to be unconstitutional.

1987 - At the Brandenburg Gate, President Ronald Reagan publicly challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

1994 - Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman are murdered outside Simpson's home in Los Angeles. Her estranged husband, O.J. Simpson is later charged with the murders but is acquitted by a jury.

Wise Words

Standing Up

"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." Winston Churchill

Lighter Side

Crazy Neighbor

"So far, Trump has turned off the White House lights, hid in a bunker and is now building an ugly chain link fence. He's like every crazy neighbor rolled into one."- JIMMY FALLON

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